Lipid Metabolism, Regulation and Biosynthesis of Microalgae

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2023) | Viewed by 114

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Yi Xin
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Guest Editor
State Key Laboratory of Marine Resource Utilization in the South China Sea, Hainan University, Haikou, China
Interests: microalgae; lipid metabolism; triacylglycerol; diacylglycerol acyltransferase
School of Life Science and Biotechnology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
Interests: microalgae; lipid metabolism; synthetic biology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microalgae are attracting renewed interest from both the scientific and public communities owing to their potential applications as sustainable feed stocks for the production of biofuels and high-value compounds, and environmental remediation. Compared with traditional oil crops, microalgae have the advantages of rapid growth, high lipid content, non-occupation of arable land, etc. Microalgal lipids, especially triacylglycerol, and practical applications of these compounds have received increasing attention in recent years. For the commercial use of microalgal lipids to be feasible, many fundamental biological questions must be addressed based on detailed studies of algal biology, including how lipid biosynthesis occurs and is regulated. 

In order to better understand and manipulate microalgal lipid metabolism for improvements in lipid production, we set up this Special Issue, which is edited by Dr. Yi Xin and Dr. Fantao Kong, and will focus on the current knowledge on biosynthetic pathways, signaling regulation, and metabolic engineering of microalgal lipids. Moreover, this Special Issue will concern advanced technologies which have been applied in the enhanced lipid production of microalgae. These endeavors will point to new possible avenues of genetic engineering of lipid metabolism in this organism group, and may also inform studies of lipid metabolism in plants.

Dr. Yi Xin
Dr. Fantao Kong
Guest Editors

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  • microalgae
  • lipid biosynthesis
  • lipid metabolism
  • carbon and nitrogen metabolism
  • energy metabolism
  • genetic engineering
  • genome editing
  • environmental stress
  • signaling regulation
  • tag biosynthesis
  • biochemical regulation

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